Thursday, December 23, 2004

People Want Leadership, Mr. President, And In The Absence Of Genuine Leadership, They'll Listen To Anyone Who Steps Up To The Microphone

Jayzus. We're back to this noise again.
The fight is a central theme of the contest to head the Democratic National Committee, particularly between two leading candidates: former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who supports abortion rights, and former Indiana Rep. Tim Roemer, an abortion foe who argues that the party cannot rebound from its losses in the November election unless it shows more tolerance on one of society's most emotional conflicts.

Roemer is running with the encouragement of the party's two highest-ranking members of Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and incoming Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Dean, a former presidential candidate, is popular with the party's liberal wing.


Party leaders say their support for preserving the landmark ruling will not change. But they are looking at ways to soften the hard line, such as promoting adoption and embracing parental notification requirements for minors and bans on late-term abortions. Their thinking reflects a sense among strategists that Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry and the party's congressional candidates lost votes because the GOP conveyed a more compelling message on social issues.
Look, we've been over this. The Republicans are not going to vote for Democrats marketing themselves as Republican Lite -- they've got Republicans they can vote for. And Democrats are not going to vote for Democrats marketing themselves as Republican Lite -- they'll just have more politicians they can't trust.

If anything, the Democrats have to become more liberal. They have to market themselves not as the "moral values" party -- they have to point out that damn near everything good this country's government has done in the past hundred years has been [a] done by Democrats and [b] targeted by Republicans. Civil rights, environmental protections, Social Security and the rest of the Great Society, balanced budgets, job creation....

To those of us who consider abortion a medical decision to be made by a woman and her doctor, this sucking up to the religious right -- because that's exactly what it is -- is offensive.

And maybe, just maybe, they'd benefit by reading this piece by Anna Quindlen.

Well, actually, quite a bit of the groundbreaking environmental legislation (SuperFund, clean air and water acts, ESA, formation of the EPA) came about during the Nixon administration....of course, that was because of a groundswell push for it from the people, because they were rightly scared about the information that was becoming available. But I mostly agree, in that since then, Republicans have been trying to erode everything passed back in the 70s. I just wish Dems would be more vocal about opposing their efforts. I mean, Kerry really didn't talk about it during the campaign, what the hell was up with that?

Austin Train
That's why I said "damn near". I am well aware of Nixon's and Teddy Roosevelt's contributions, and Eisenhower had a lot to recommend him.
Look, we've been over this."Toutes choses sont dites déjà, mais comme personne n'écoute, il faut toujours recommencer" (everything has been said before, but since nobody ever listens, we keep having to say it over and over) -- André Gide

-- arensb
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